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Bobby & Jens: David Millar

The former pro talks about discovering cycling growing up in Hong Kong, his racing days, doping, and more.

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The first guest of the 2022 season of Bobby & Jens goes way back with co-host Bobby Julich. Being roommates with the only other English speaker on a French team when you’re a 19-year-old neo-pro will do that. Ever the fascinating character, Scottish cyclist David Millar joins the show this week.

Learn how David got his start in cycling while growing up around the world, including Hong Kong for most of his formative years, in a military family. “The thing I loved when I was young was doing my own thing,” he said. And that meant a love of alternative sports, everything from skateboarding to, eventually, road cycling. In fact, he used to get copies of VeloNews at a newsstand in Hong Kong. “They used to be my bibles,” he said of the American publication. Although he’s the first to admit that cycling was something of an unconventional passion. “There’s no glamor,” he said. “There’s no celebrity. There’s relatively no money. You did it out of love. You did it out of adventure.”

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As with any time Bobby and Jens have a guest on who they raced with and shared hotel rooms with, there are plenty of great stories shared on this episode, including one that’s indicative of how the sport has evolved with the latest generation. Plus there’s reminiscing between David, Bobby, and Jens about their time as the only English speakers on French teams, trailblazing for the riders who follow today.

Later, the discussion turns to David’s doping, which he has been very open about. After a two-year suspension and rehabilitation, he returned to become, in Bobby’s words, “one of the best road captains, the best teammates, the best advocates for clean sport that we’ve ever seen.”

“I was filled with shame that I gave in,” said Millar of his doping. Learn about his mindset during his suspension, and what motivated him to return to cycling when he was at one point ready to give it up.

Finally, Millar shares the important distinction between hurting and suffering, and how it played into his decision to retire. He also touches on his post-retirement (from cycling, at least) life, including his family and his CHPT3 clothing brand.

Tune in every Friday for a new episode. And if you happen to be involved in pro cycling, pay attention to your DMs. You never know when Bobby or Jens will drop a message!

Bobby & Jens is a weekly VeloNews podcast brought to you by Zwift. It stars former pros Bobby Julich and Jens Voigt and features conversations with top athletes, coaches, emerging stars, and other newsmakers from the wide world of cycling. A new episode drops every Friday. Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts.

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